A week in Berlin may seem like a short time when you reach the end of the journey, after all, with all the options available, you have the feeling that you need more time. You can split your visit in Berlin Arts, Berlin 2nd World War, Berlin Cold War, Berlin Festivities and Berlin Daily. The most important thing is to mix all these scripts to take even more advantages. Check out our suggestion of what to do in Berlin during a one-week trip.
A great way to start your sightseeing in Berlin is by visiting the Reichstag – the building of the German Parliament, a stage of historical moments, mixing ancient architecture with the modernity of its glass dome. The visit is free and is held in the dome and on the terrace, with an audio guide who provides several interesting information about the city. In the summer there are long queues, so it is best to make your reservation early on the website of the German Parliament.
Leaving from there, very close, is the Brandenburg Gate, another historical point. Then, next to the Gate, is the Holocaust Monument, with more than 2,000 concrete blocks. It is a great place to pay homage. Nearby is the former Bunker of the Führer, now a residential building. In the place, it is possible to see how was the place through explanatory plates. Then head to Potsdamer Platz, a symbol of modernity in Berlin with large and beautiful buildings, including the Sony Center complex, which has shops, restaurants, cinemas and theaters.
Then cross the square towards the Tiergarten, the main city park, which is worth a good walk through the large green area to the central avenue, the Strasse des 17 Juni. There you can visit the Victory Column, where Win Wenders made the famous scene of the movie Wings of Desire, with an angel perched on the top of this tower.
Following the avenue you will come to the Unter den Linden, a large avenue that has several attractions, including the wax museum Madame Tussauds Berlin. Three blocks away are the Gendarmenmarkt, one of the most beautiful squares in the city, with its two identical churches, one facing the other. In this region, there are several restaurants and brands shops, including the German branch of Galeries Lafayette.
Start the second day at Alexanderplatz, the main square on the eastern side of the city. There is a large train/subway station, an open-air fair in the center of the square and the world-famous clock. In this region, there is still a large department store (Kaufhof Gallery) and the mall Alexa mall. For those who enjoy shopping, there is also a Primark shop.
Right next to the square is the Berliner Fernsehturm, another attraction that is worth visiting, since from its top it is possible to enjoy the full view of the city. But it is good to arrive early because the place usually has a long wait. In front of the tower there is a large square where, among other attractions, there is the Marienkirche church, the Neptunbrunnen Fountain, and the Berliner Rathaus.
Going towards the Spree, on the right side, there is a large complex called Dom Aquarée, with a large hotel, several shops, and restaurants, as well as Aquadom & SEA LIFE Berlin, a large aquarium that you can visit via a panoramic lift. It is also a great place for lunch/dinner.
Adjoining the Dom Aquarée is the DDR Museum, right on the banks of the Spree River, almost under the bridge. After visiting the museum, a good tip is to take a boat trip down the river. After the tour, if you still have time, you can visit the Berliner Dom, the Berlin Cathedral, which is already on the Museum Island. It is right in front of the DDR Museum and is very easy to be identified because of its grandeur and its four towers.
Take the day to explore the world of the Berlin Wall. The tour can begin at Checkpoint Charlie, a former military post on the border between East and West Germany during the Cold War and today is one of the most visited places in the city. There is the Checkpoint Charlie Museum that tells the whole story of the Berlin Wall, including the hundreds of different ways people invented to try to cross the wall.
In front of the military post, there is a trace on the ground, which indicated the exact location of the wall. Following this trajectory, by Zimmerstrasse, you arrive at the exhibition Topography of Terrors that portrays the moments of terror lived in Berlin during the time of Hitler. There is a large piece of the wall that is still standing but very damaged.
In this region, it is still possible to visit the Museum of Technology (Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin) and the Jüdisches Museum Berlin. They are close, a few blocks away on a quick walk.
After visiting the museums and every area around Checkpoint Charlie, the suggestion is to take a subway line U1 and hop on Warschauer Straße station, one of the oldest in the city and which was an important point of transition between the two Germanies. Just in front of the station begins the East-Side-Gallery, an open-air exhibition with more than 100 works painted on a long section of the 1.3-km Berlin Wall on the banks of the River Spree. The exhibition ends very close to a large train station, Ostbahnhof, from which you can quickly access any part of the city.
Then head to Bernauer Strasse, where there is the most important museum that tells the whole history of the Berlin Wall, as well as an observation post where you can see how the wall protections against people trying to cross it were mounted. Nearby, at Gesundbrunnen station, you can even take a stroll to the underground station and get to know the anti-nuclear war bunkers. Look for the Berliner Unterwelts tour and have a unique experience.
Book the fourth day for the museums. It begins on the Island of Museums, an area that is considered world cultural heritage by UNESCO and home to 5 major museums. All of them are paid and it is possible to buy a ticket that includes the entrance of all, with discount. Museums close fast, even in the summer, so it’s good to start the day early to get everyone to see you.
The most well-known and visited is the Pergamonmuseum, which has in its interior a great temple of Ancient Greece. The Neues Museum is also very famous for harboring the bust of Queen Nefertiti, the wife of an Egyptian pharaoh. The other museums on the island are the Bode-Museum, the Altes Museum, and the Alte Nationalgalerie.
Other museums that are in the area and easily accessible are the Deutsches Historisches Museum (Deutsches Historisches Museum) and the Museum of Natural History (Museum für Naturkunde). End the day culture at Club B, a well-known jazz bar in the area.
The fifth day is quieter and can be partly devoted to shopping. The tour starts at the Zoologischer Garten (Zoologischer Garten), which is one of the most varied in Europe. Right next to the zoo is the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtnis-Kirche, a church that is one of the main symbols of Berlin and suffered several bombings during World War II.
The church is right at the beginning of the Kurfürstendamm, the city’s main shopping street, home to major department stores and designer stores, as well as shopping malls, restaurants, and hotels. On this street is also located The Story of Berlin Museum.
Going towards the Wittenbergplatz subway station, is KaDeWe, Germany’s largest department store. There are 7 stores where you can find everything from clothes and accessories to cosmetics, electronics, books, furniture, and food. On the top floor, there is a great restaurant called Le Buffet, with a huge variety of foods.
On this day it is still possible to add a visit to the fruit and flower market of the region, the Winterfeldtmarkt, or the Olympic Stadium (Olympiastadion), which is 4 stations from the Zoo station.
Save the sixth day for an unusual trip. Use the train to go to Oranienburg, a small town 30 minutes from Berlin. There is the Gedenkstätte and Museum Sachsenhausen, one of the former concentration camps of Nazi Germany. Very intense, the trip allows you to have empirical knowledge of how the prisoners were living during the war. There is also a beautiful memorial of the Jewish victims who perished in the countryside. There is a section devoted entirely to the Germans since the Soviets turned the camp into prison for Nazi officials for more than 15 years before the site was shut down.
The trip should consume all day and around, try to relax in one of the saunas of the city, such as Liquedrom, with its pool with underwater music and more than 12 types of saunas. An invigorating experience.
In the last day, you should try to make lighter things, with lots of fun. One tip is to start with Club der Visionaire. The place is the result of a mix between bar and nightclub, which during the day functions as a meeting point for friends who want to talk and drink at a fair price and at night turns into the best festivities of the German capital. The only way to get to the club is by boat, as it is located on the edge of the River Spree. The open air environment guarantees an incredible visual appearance to visitors but also makes the place not open on very cold and rainy days.
After that, how about having fun on trampolines? Visit Jump House Berlin, a place where there are more than 100 types of trampolines for you to have fun. To relax afterward, head to Treptower Park for a picnic and a quick tour of the Soviet Memorial.
The park, besides being beautiful and calm, has this huge monument in honor of the Soviet soldiers who defeated Nazism. And then prepare to end the day – and the night – in Berghain, a club that has already been voted the best in the world, is a must-have for the Berliners. The ballad works in an abandoned nuclear power plant and, with a rather peculiar look, is known for playing heavier and dark electronic music.
Updated: March 22, 2017